Our Approach

Our Apprenticeship Approach

Our Apprenticeship Approach

What if instead of teaching around the text, lecturing, or summarizing for students, teachers engaged students in actually grappling with text—reading and talking about what it means and how they figured it out?

What if teachers learned to recognize their own subject area expertise and to apprentice students into the ways of reading, writing, thinking, talking, and reasoning in their fields? And what if students were explicitly supported to build identities as people who can solve reading problems and persevere?

Reading Apprenticeship encourages exactly this kind of teaching and learning.

Teachers using the Reading Apprenticeship framework regularly model disciplinary-specific literacy skills, help students build high-level comprehension strategies, engage students in building knowledge by making connections to background knowledge they already have, and provide ample guided, collaborative, and individual practice as an integral part of teaching their subject area curriculum.

As a result, students develop the literacy competencies, subject area knowledge, and the learner dispositions they need—for school, college, careers, and life.

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“Reading Apprenticeship has proven to be an inspiration to faculty and students alike. They have learned together to view themselves as readers in transformative ways.”

—Steve Hanson, President, Renton Technical College


  • Engagement
  • Persistence
  • Confidence
  • Competence